Research Rivers Seminar: Marilyn Howarth
Mar
31
12:00 pm12:00

Research Rivers Seminar: Marilyn Howarth

Join us for the fifth meeting of the Research Rivers Seminar of the semester on March 31, 2017. 

This week's presentation will be given by Dr. Marilyn Howarth (Penn). 

Location: TBD

 

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 

Green Dock Build Out
Apr
2
11:00 am11:00

Green Dock Build Out

On April 2, PPEH Fellows will help build the docks for WetLand at Bartram's Garden in preparation for the spring! 

Ecotopian Toolkit for Anthropocene Challenges
Apr
13
Apr 15

Ecotopian Toolkit for Anthropocene Challenges

Prompted in part by the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, we explore a longer history of the anthropocene to help represent–and respond to–our contemporary moment. At the outset of European imperial expansion across the globe, English humanist Thomas More dashed off an enduring work of speculative fiction, composed in two short parts: Utopia. The first part stages conversations between European intellectuals about the profound changes they were witnessing: the enclosure of commons, regimes of mineral extraction, shifting flows of capital, uneven resource access, and the criminalization of poverty among them. More’s second book voyages out to the island utopia: a republican community purportedly in possession of educational tools for a better life.

Utopia informs the conference’s organization: both its scholarly conversations and its future-looking tools for citizens. 

Over three days of meetings, we will consider how integrated knowledge production can address environmental challenges and what tools scholars and other professional in informal STEAM education might create—not only to maintain but to expand the potential for species-being in the Anthropocene, the age of the human. Scholarly presentations will intersect with live performance; longer invited presentations are punctuated by shorter interventions.  Our gathering hybridizes a scholarly conference with an inventors’ lab, a design workshop, and an experimental performance space. Together, we will create a Toolkit for the Anthropocene.

For a more information, please visit our official conference site

 

"Art, Disaster, Utopia" Keynote Lecture by Rebecca Solnit for Ecotopian Toolkit
Apr
13
5:00 pm17:00

"Art, Disaster, Utopia" Keynote Lecture by Rebecca Solnit for Ecotopian Toolkit

  • Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum
"Bartram's Robot" by Mason Rosenthal. Photograph by Austin Bream. 

"Bartram's Robot" by Mason Rosenthal. Photograph by Austin Bream. 

Rebecca Solnit, writer, historian, environmental and human rights activist, gives the first keynote lecture, "Art Disaster, Utopia" for the Ecotopian Toolkit for Anthropocene Challenges conference. 

How might we translate natural and manmade disasters into opportunities for changed states of mind infused with utopian hope? This is one of the challenging questions Rebecca Solnit poses in her recent work. Eclectic, brilliant, widely celebrated, Solnit is an inspiration for people around the world. In her keynote address at the Penn Humanities Forum, she will speak to the broad concerns of this week’s conference-art, environment, utopia-drawing on her own highly distinctive toolkit as an author, activist, historian, and artist.

The lecture will take place at Harrison Auditorium in the Penn Museum from 5-6:30pm. For more information about the conference, visit our official website. 

Presented by the Penn Humanities Forum and Institute of Contemporary Art

"Can Scientists be Activists?" Keynote Lecture by James Hansen for Ecotopian Toolkit Conference
Apr
14
5:00 pm17:00

"Can Scientists be Activists?" Keynote Lecture by James Hansen for Ecotopian Toolkit Conference

  • Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum

James Hansen (Director, Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, Earth Institute, Columbia University; former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) delivers the second keynote lecture, "Can Scientists be Activists?" for the Ecotopian Toolkit for Anthropocene Challenges conference. 

This lecture draws attention to the ways that scientific research does or does not translate into ethical or political imperatives, drawing from Dr. Hansen’s controversial decision to leave his post as the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute to devote his time to political activism. He talks about the process of science and independent peer review in the context of rapid global climate change.

The lecture will be in Rainey Auditorium at the Penn Museum from 5-6:30pm on April 14. 

Presented by the Penn Humanities Forum.

For more information about the conference, please visit our official website.  

 

Research Rivers Seminar
Apr
28
12:00 pm12:00

Research Rivers Seminar

Join us for the sixth meeting of the Research Rivers Seminar of the semester on April 28, 2017. 

Location: 12-1:30p in the Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library, Penn

 

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 

Research Rivers Seminar: Jason Kelly (IUPUI)
May
12
12:00 pm12:00

Research Rivers Seminar: Jason Kelly (IUPUI)

Join us for the seventh meeting of the Research Rivers Seminar of the semester on May 15, 2017. 

This week's presentation will be given by Jason Kelly (IUPUI).

Location: 12-1:30p in the Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library, Penn

 

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In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 


Penn Birding goes for an early spring birding walk at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Mar
26
9:00 am09:00

Penn Birding goes for an early spring birding walk at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

  • John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

On Sunday, March 26, Penn Birding is going to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum for an early spring bird walk led by a Heinz volunteer. This excursion is especially beginner-birder-friendly! If you don't have binoculars, you can borrow them from the Visitor Center.

Early Spring Birding at Heinz NWR
Sunday March 26 2017
9:00 AM Bird walk departs from Visitor Center
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/vt1GA5vgIgTRwgmJ2

If you'd like to join Penn Birding & find out about future events, fill out the membership form here: http://goo.gl/forms/crnt2OYonY38GLDD2

Research Rivers Seminar: Peter DeCarlo, "Air Impacts from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery"
Mar
17
12:00 pm12:00

Research Rivers Seminar: Peter DeCarlo, "Air Impacts from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery"

Join us for the fourth meeting of the Research Rivers Seminar of the semester on March 17, 2017. 

This week's presentation will be given by co-convener of the Research Rivers Seminar,  Professor Peter DeCarlo (Drexel). 

Location: 12-1:30p in the Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania (3420 Walnut Street) 

"AIr Impacts from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery" 

Straddling the banks of the Lower Schuylkill River sits the largest refinery complex on the Eastern seaboard. Data on emissions from the refinery come from a variety of sources & databases, but this information does not provide quantitative pollutant concentrations & air quality degradation from the surrounding neighborhoods of Philadelphia. With the global recognition of the impacts of air quality on human health, studies to better understand local impacts of industrial activities add to our collective understanding. 

This talk brings together various datasets on refinery emissions & places them in the context of the air emissions from Philadelphia & activities related to statewide natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. Emissions data is, in many cases, only an estimate of true emissions & measurements are required to determine the accuracy of these data. Since the river provides direct public access to the complex, high precision measurements of methane (CH4) & carbon dioxide (CO2) were made using a prototype battery powered backpack from a canoe. These measurements provide an initial demonstration of the value of air pollution measurements made from a human powered boat platform if appropriate instrumentation is available. Future measurement possibilities & platforms will be discussed. Of particular interest is distributing this information to the public in ways that aid in understanding the impacts of the refinery emissions& how these types of measurement may be used in other areas.

Dr. Peter DeCarlo is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. Dr. DeCarlo has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Colorado, and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. He uses state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure the chemical composition of particulates and gases in the atmosphere to better understand air quality and climate impacts of human emissions. He has made air quality and climate related measurements from planes, trucks, and stationary sites all over the world to better understand emissions, sources, and subsequent chemical reactions of pollutants in the atmosphere. Dr. DeCarlo is also interested in the intersection of science and policy, and was an AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the US EPA prior to starting his faculty position at Drexel. Funding for his research comes from the National Science Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute,  and the Department of Transportation. Dr. DeCarlo has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has been identified as a highly cited researcher by Thompson Reuters (2014, 2015, and 2016). 

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 

Shaunak Sen screening of "Cities of Sleep"
Mar
14
5:00 pm17:00

Shaunak Sen screening of "Cities of Sleep"

  • 401 Fisher Bennett Hall

Shaunak Sen will screen his award-winning recent documentary at 5 pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall. There will be a discussion with the director after the screening.

 

The documentary Cities of Sleep takes us into a heady world of insurgent sleepers' communities and the infamous "sleep mafia" in Delhi, where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death. The film traces the lives of two individuals, Shakeel and Ranjeet. Shakeel, a renegade homeless sleeper, has for the last seven years slept in a diverse range of improvised places like subways, under park benches, parking lots, abandoned cars and, most recently, at areas controlled by the sleep mafia. Ranjeet runs the “sleep-cinema” community at Loha Pul, a huge double-story iron bridge straddling the banks of the river Yamuna. A thin strip of land under Loha Pul houses shanty cinemas where over 400 homeless people sleep through the day for a nominal price. The flooding of the river Yamuna poses a threat to the people sleeping there each monsoon season. The film not only looks at the tremendous pressure that the need to find a safe place to sleep exerts on the homeless in the city, but also presents a broader philosophical exploration of sleep.

Shalini Kantayya: International Women’s Day and Global Distinguished Lecture
Mar
13
6:00 pm18:00

Shalini Kantayya: International Women’s Day and Global Distinguished Lecture

  • International House’s Ibrahim Theater

International Women’s Day

“A Drop of Life: The Global Water Crisis and It’s Unique Impact on Women” by Shalini Kantayya


In collaboration with the Middle East Center at Penn, the South Asia Center is planning for our annual International Women’s Day and Global Distinguished Lecture event on water security as a global issue at the International House's Ibrahim Theater. 

Shalini Kantayya is a filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist. She has released several films focusing on environmental issues that are commonly used as teaching tools on campuses and in communities locally and internationally. She has been featured on TEDx and will include a screening of her short documentary on water in her talk with us in March. You can find out more about her work here: http://shalinikantayya.net/about/

RSVP here if you are interested in attending. 

Research Rivers Seminar
Mar
3
12:00 pm12:00

Research Rivers Seminar

Join us for the third meeting of the Research Rivers Seminar of the semester on March 3, 2017. 

Location: 12-1:30p in the Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library, Penn

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 

Research Rivers Seminar
Feb
17
12:00 pm12:00

Research Rivers Seminar

  • Van Pelt Library

Join us for the second Research Rivers Seminar meeting of the spring semester on February 17, 2017. 

Location: 12-1:30p in the Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library, Penn

The two presenters for this meetings include: 

-Howard Neukrug (Penn; formerly Philadelphia Water)

-Lauren Mandel (PLA, ASLA; Andropogon)

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 

Penn Lightbulb Cafe: Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances, and Radical Hope on an Urban River
Feb
6
9:30 am09:30

Penn Lightbulb Cafe: Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances, and Radical Hope on an Urban River

  • World Cafe Live

Forgotten Places, Unlikely Alliances, and Radical Hope on an Urban River

By Professor Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor of German and Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6–7 p.m.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street

The banks of the lower, tidal Schuylkill River in Philadelphia support both an oil refinery and a bird sanctuary. The river is home to the eastern seaboard's largest oil port, in operation since the 1870s, and long-standing residential neighborhoods. This talk explores the history of these entanglements, drawing on collaborations of artists, scientists, historians, community partners, and urban planners catalyzed by the WetLand Project, a floating lab for experiments in sustainability, moored at Bartram's Garden. And it asks, how we might hope to envision the future of this river and the many lives it sustains?

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. Contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu. 

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

www.upenn.edu/pennnews/sciencecafe

 

Research Rivers Seminar
Feb
3
Feb 4

Research Rivers Seminar

Join us for the first Research Rivers Seminar meeting of the new year on February 3, 2017. 

The following speakers will be sharing their with the seminar: 

  • Chris Streb (Biohabitats) 
  • David Velinsky (Academy of Natural Sciences / Drexel University )

Location: The Hill Conference Room is located in Room 240 in LeBow Engineering Center  31st and Market Streets . 

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org. 

 

Penn Birding "Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip"
Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

Penn Birding "Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip"

Photo: Shereen Chang

Photo: Shereen Chang

Penn Birding is screening "Birds, birds, birds! An Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip", designed to improve our bird identification skills, by sight and by sound. RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/49o2XZeBY0cQy6KD3. Sponsored by GAPSA.

Penn Birding promotes the appreciation and study of wild birds and their habitats through community, education, and other activities. To join & find out about future events, sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/crnt2OYonY38GLDD2

DataRescue Philly 2
Jan
25
10:30 am10:30

DataRescue Philly 2

Today on the sixth floor of Van Pelt Library, DataRefuge hosts another DataRescue Philly event from 2:30-5:30 pm. 

More information about how to prepare, what to bring, and where to meet can be found here. 

A Special Walk-Through of the Date/um led by Lead Curator, Patricia Kim
Jan
14
2:00 pm14:00

A Special Walk-Through of the Date/um led by Lead Curator, Patricia Kim

  • Penn Annenberg for Performing Arts

Join the artists, scientists, scholars, activists, and community members whose work makes Date/um and points the way toward collaborative and just archives for environmental and climate data. 

At the Penn Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Date/um's curator Patricia Kim will lead a special walk-through of the second iteration of the archive-as-mobile installation. 

#DataRescuePhilly
Jan
14
10:00 am10:00

#DataRescuePhilly

This Philadelphia data harvest will be held in conjunction with a teach-in that consists with a panel of speakers, an installation, and LITERary EVENTS.

The full-day of data harvesting is part of a larger effort to build #DataRefuge to protect access to precarious federal climate and environmental data. 

To get involved in real time in Philadelphia, write to us at DataRescuePenn@ppehlab.org. 

 

More information about how to prepare, what to bring, and where to meet can be found here

#DataRefuge Value and Vulnerability Roundtable
Jan
13
4:00 pm16:00

#DataRefuge Value and Vulnerability Roundtable

  • Van Pelt Library

#DataRescuePhilly

#DataRefuge Value and Vulnerability Roundtable & Reception

4-6pm, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library 

Discussion topics include: 

  • the importance of open data
  • the possible vulnerability of federal environmental and climate data
  • examples from other places and times where data and access to it have been curtailed, especially on Canada from 2009-20016, a decade recently described by Canadian scientists as "the lost decade,"  under the administration of climate-denier Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  • "the social life of environmental and climate data": i.e., who decides what to monitor and what info to collect, how that information is shared and circulated (or not) to which publics, what is not collected, etc--with a focus on Pennsylvania/Philadelphia 

Confirmed speakers: Jefferson Bailey (Director, Internet Archive), Robert Cheetham (President/CEO, Azavea), Michael Halpern (Deputy Director, Union of Concerned Scientists), Michelle Murphy (Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto; EDGI), and Sarah Wu (Deputy Director for Planning, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia).  

A reception will follow. 

#DataRescue Rescue Guide Training
Jan
13
1:30 pm13:30

#DataRescue Rescue Guide Training

  • Van Pelt Library

#DataRescuePhilly 

Data Rescue Guide Training

1:30-4pm, Class of '55 Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library

Here we will be having an important training session for those interested in helping to guide attendees during the archiving event on the 14th.

Learn more about the event and tasks that need to be accomplished, and RSVP if you are interested. Certified Guides get a snazzy t-shirt.

Humanizing Data: Climate and Environmental Research and Environmental Justice
Jan
13
12:00 pm12:00

Humanizing Data: Climate and Environmental Research and Environmental Justice

  • Van Pelt Library

#DataRescuePhilly 

Teach-in 

Humanizing Data: Climate and Environmental Research and Environmental Justice

12-1:30 pm, Class of '55 Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt Library

“Humanizing Data: Climate and Environmental Research and Environmental Justice” will discuss the ways that we can bridge knowledge production and social and environmental justice initiatives together in the anthropocene. The discussion will be the first of a series of teach-ins on a variety of social, cultural, and political issues that will take place throughout Spring 2017. #DataRescuePhilly hosts this public teach-in to consider the following:

  • The politics and priorities of climate and environmental data collection
  • Which human communities are most impacted by climate and environmental issues
  • The ways in which various communities use this information

Panelists will include Etienne Benson (Penn), Britt Dahlberg (Chemical Heritage Foundation), Peter DeCarlo (Drexel), and Kim Thomas (Penn). 

Schuylkill River Research Seminar at Van Pelt Library
Dec
15
12:00 pm12:00

Schuylkill River Research Seminar at Van Pelt Library

  • Penn Libraries

Please join us for our third meeting of the Schuylkill River Research Seminar in Penn Libraries. Exact location TBD. 

In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, the River Research Seminar begins meeting in October 2016. It is a collaborative place-based research seminar designed to build a core of regional scholars whose work explores the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters, connecting them across disciplines from hydrology to history. The seminar works closely with community partners whose collaboration also informs the seminar’s research questions and priorities.

The Meyerson Conference Room is on the second floor of Van Pelt, which is just up Locust Walk from 34th and Walnut. The entrance faces the giant sculpture of a button on the campus side of the building. You will need ID to enter the building.

Refreshments will be provided. 

The seminar is convened by Laurie Allen (Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, Drexel University), Danielle Redden (Director of River Programs, Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor of German and Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities).

For more information contact director@ppehlab.org